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Offline mikey6

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White Mass
on: September 14, 2005, 12:11:52 AM
Does anyone know why Sofrinitsky did not play this piece? (i'm guessing most of you know it's Scraibin's 7th sonata) I read he neglected it because of personal reasons. Maybe something Scriabin felt about it?
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Re: White Mass
Reply #1 on: September 14, 2005, 03:01:46 AM
That's really odd.

Offline piazzo23

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Re: White Mass
Reply #2 on: September 14, 2005, 04:53:23 AM
I donīt know how much of that is true. But Iīve read somwhere Scriabin believed he was Jesus. And he admired Madame Blavatsky, a famous medium, the author of Isis unveiled, and fundator of Theosophy.
He was after supernatural things.

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Re: White Mass
Reply #3 on: September 14, 2005, 07:35:11 AM
Ok, but then why would sofrinitsky neglect that particular piece? I thought most of Scriabin's late works in particular are involoved with mysticism and all that type of stuff.
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Re: White Mass
Reply #4 on: September 14, 2005, 11:36:43 AM
Scriabin wrote the White Mass to act as an excorsism for the Black Mass Sonata. Perhaps he wanted to neglect it so that the evil spirits of this music remain. OOO spooky. :o
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Re: White Mass
Reply #5 on: September 14, 2005, 11:50:13 AM
But wasn't White Mass written before Black Mass?
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Re: White Mass
Reply #6 on: September 14, 2005, 11:56:14 AM
  The 7th was actually an exorcism of the 6th sonata (which Scriabin apparently never publicly performed)--even though the 7th and 6th share some rather interesting similarities, particularly in the 'b' theme.  Scriabin did not give the title Black Mass to the 9th (he did entitle the 7th white mass), but approved of the title, nonetheless.  Not sure why Sofronitsky didn't perform the 7th, something I should have asked his daughter when I had the chance.
  Further reading regarding the sonatas here, if you're interested:

https://www.pianosociety.com/index.php?id=179

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Re: White Mass
Reply #7 on: September 14, 2005, 11:58:51 AM
But wasn't White Mass written before Black Mass?

  I consider the Black mass to be the 6th sonata, not the 9th (although the 9th undoubtedly deals with darkness).

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